I Cannot Tell A Lie: The World That Washington Made

After being inspired for several years by the great timelines on this site, I have decided to dip my toes into the water. This will be a collection of information about a world in which George Washington became the first King of the United States and the world that this act created. Wish me luck!
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A very preliminary map of the world as of 2020. I am also aware that the Southwestern borders of the United States are very close to those in LeinadB93's Hail Britannia. Unfortunately, there are only so many ways to put multiple nations in that region, and it is subject to change. I'm also not incredibly happy with how Africa has turned out, but it's still early in the process.
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Cabinet of The United States of America:

Prime Minister: Sir Arnold Schwarzenegger-Conservative/Florida
Deputy Prime Minister: Jim Webb-Conservative/Virginia
Secretary of State: Ron Johnson-Conservative/Wisconsin
Secretary of Defense: Sir David Petraeus-Liberty/New York
Secretary of the Treasury: Ben Bernake-Liberty/New York
Attorney General: Eugene Scalia-Conservative/Ohio
Secretary of the Interior: Mike Huckabee-Conservative/Arkansas

Loyal Opposition of The United States of America:

Shadow Prime Minister: Rahm Emanuel-Liberty/Illinois
Shadow Deputy Prime Minister: Robert Menendez-Liberty/New Jersey
Shadow Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton-Liberty/ New York
Shadow Secretary of Defense: Joe Manchin-Liberty/Virginia
Shadow Secretary of the Treasury: Jack Lew-Liberty/New York
Shadow Attorney General: Amy Klobuchar-Liberty/Minnesota
Shadow Secretary of the Interior: Jay Inslee-Liberty/Oregon
 
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The Great Uncoupling, And The Christ Church Meeting

The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was supposed to be a meeting of the United State's great politicians to create a replacement for the disastrous Articles of Confederation. However it quickly devolved into a debacle just as dysfunctional as the government they were trying to replace. The New England States refused to allow Slaves to be counted towards the representation of states in the new congress, and shot down the three-fifths compromise. With both sides at loggerheads, it was Elbridge Gerry who lead the walkout of the New England representatives and it was Gerry who announced the independence of New England from the United States the next morning. The first President of New England John Adams would later call this, "The Great Uncoupling".

As the remaining members of the convention descended into shock and turmoil, the representatives realized the country needed a strong figure to rally the remaining states together. The last thing they wanted was another walkout, which would only benefit the British. It was Alexander Hamilton (in concert with General Von Steuben in the army) who broached the subject of a constitutional monarchy. What would have been scoffed at before was now thought of as a possibility: depending of course on who was chosen. Von Steuben advocated for Prince Henry of his native Prussia, but this was dismissed almost immediately. No, any King of The United States would be an American only. This left only one logical choice: George Washington.

George Washington was a humble, noble, patriot. All qualities anyone would want in a sovereign. The problem was that Washington did not want to be a King. He did not crave power, nor did he seek it. He was so uncharacteristically flustered by the proposal that he left the Pennsylvania State House and took his horse on a ride through Philadelphia. He stopped at Christ Church and prayed for guidance from the almighty. It was here he was found by a group of men who would convince him to take up the crown: Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and 23 year old Augistine Washington; the only child of the General. None of the men present would ever reveal what was said that night, but by morning's light George Washington returned to the constitutional convention and announced he would accept the crown of America as it's first Constitutional Monarch. His Family motto explains it best: Exitus Acta Probat: The Outcome justifies The Deed.

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George Washington announcing his acceptance of the Crown of The United States of America by Howard Chandler Christy (1940)
 
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Monarchs of The United States of America:

King George I (1732-1799)*Died, Reign (1785-1799)- Martha Custis
Children: Augustine

Son of George I

King Augustine I (1764-1838)*Died, Reign (1799-1838)- Martha of Monticello
Children: Martha, Jane, George, Lawrence, Samuel, Betty

Son of Augustine I

King George II (1794-1881)*Died, Reign (1838-1881)- Dorothea Astor
Children: George, John, Mary, Henry

Son of George II

King George III (1824-1903)*Died, Reign (1881-1903)- Louise of Philadelphia
Children: Lawrence, Augustine, Virginia, Sarah, Dorothea

Son of George III

King Lawrence (1869-1945)*Died, Reign (1903-1945)- Maria of Denmark
Children: None

Niece of Lawrence/Daughter of Augustine, Duke of Charleston

Queen Helena (1911-1994)*Died, Reign (1945-1994)- Nelson Rockefeller
Children: George, John, Louise, Charles, Martha

Son of Helena

King George IV (1933-2016)*Died, Reign (1994-2016)- Elizabeth Taylor
Children: Mary, Augustine, Caroline, Thomas

Son of George IV

King Augustine II (1958-?), Reign (2016-?)- Ana Maria of Mexico
Children: Charles, Nelson, Jennifer, Lawrence, Helena

Son of Augustine II

Charles, Prince of Virginia and Duke of New York (1986-?), Heir from 2016-?)- Astrid of Denmark
Children: Henry, Frederick, Emma


Note on the name of the Royal House of The United States: By royal decree the Royal family continues to identify as the House of Washington. However, any non-dynastic descendants of Queen Helena and Prince-Consort Nelson may use the name Washington-Rockefeller if they so desire.
 
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Marriage Crisis of 1933

King Lawrence and Queen Maria of the United States were never blessed with children. Therefore the line of succession passed through Lawrence's brother Augustine, Duke of Charleston and his two daughters: Helena and Lucy. Following Augustine's death in 1928, Princess Helena became heir to her Uncle's throne. The subject of marriage for the young Princess intensified after her 21st birthday in 1932. Her Mother Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein championed a European match with a member of her large extended family. She preferred Prince Huburtus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (The son of her cousin Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha). The King was neutral towards the idea, but the Princess shocked her family by announcing her own choice.

Princess Helena met Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller at a garden party in New York City in August 1932. She was instantly smitten with the charming son of Baron John D. Rockefeller Jr., and the two would exchange letters throughout the fall of that year. By December she had decided that he was the man she would marry, and on New Years day announced to her Uncle that she desired to marry Nelson.

Her Uncle was surprised by the choice, as the Rockefeller's were the leading figures in Chase National bank, a fact that would not be looked on favorably by the public in the midst of the Great Depression. After several months of arguing with his Niece, the King would eventually soften as he saw how committed she was to this marriage. The King would meet with both Nelson and John D. Rockefeller Jr. aboard the royal yacht Columbia and began the negotiations with his future "Nephew". The terms were harsh for Nelson Rockefeller. He would divest himself from his families companies and assets, and would refrain from any politicking (Nelson being a known Liberty party supporter) By nights end, an agreement had been struck and the wedding date set for July 7th, 1933.

To say that the entire country did not support the union would be as inaccurate as saying that they did. In the Northern states, the response was mixed. While there were those that resented a wealthy privileged man "buying" his way into the royal family, most saw him as a decent enough man with several stances that were progressive for his day, such as support for the civil rights of African Americans. In the South, this fact would make him a figure of suspicion at best and villainy at worst. Governor Huey Long of Louisiana would go so far as to announce that should the Marriage go through, then the royal couple would be unwelcome in the state. With temperatures rising across the south, the newly elected Prime Minister Franklin D. Roosevelt would take to the airwaves and through the first of his famous 'fireside' chats calm enough of the population to keep dissent at a low grumble instead of shout. Huey Long would remain a persistent thorn in the side of the new royal couple until his death in 1956.

The day of the wedding, the new couple were invested with the title given to the heir presumptive: Duke and Duchess of New York. The couple would then embark on a month long honeymoon of the Caribbean aboard the royal yacht in order for the Duke to share his love of Latin culture with his new bride. This would mark the beginning of a strengthening of relations between The House of Washington and the nations of South America.

The royal family had weathered it's greatest crisis since the Civil War, and in the decades ahead the future Prince-Consort would find himself loved by some, despised by others, and loved by his wife as the greatest agent of change within the royal family in its history.

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Monarchs of Iberia:
(*Authors Note: Gibraltar is is under the British crown and their Monarchs will be presented in a future update. Additionally all monarchs before the ones on this list are the same as OTL. )

Kingdom of Spain:

King Alfonso XIII (1886-1941)*Died, Reign (1886-1941)- Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern
Children: Alfonso

Son of Alfonso XIII

King Alfonso XIV (1914-1987)*Died, Reign (1941-1987)- Giovanna of Parma
Children: Maria, Alfonso, Juan, Beatriz, Carlos

Son of Alfonso XIV

King Juan III (1940-?), Reign (1987-?)- Victoria of Brazil
Children: Juan, Luis, Isabella

Son of Juan III

Juan, Principe de Asturias (1973-?), Heir From (1987-?)- Cristina
Children: Leonor, Fernando, Alfonso, Cristina

Kingdom of Portugal:

Queen Maria II (1819-1853)*Died, Reign (1826-1853)- Auguste of Leuchtenberg
Children: Pedro, Henrique, Eugenio, Maria Ana, Antonia, Augusto

Son of Maria II and Augusto

King Henrique II (1839-1913)*Died, Reign (1853-1913)- Maria Ana of Tuscany
Children: Joao, Maria Leopoldina, Afonso, Duarte

Son of Henrique II

King Joao VII (1862-1921)*Died, Reign (1913-1921)- Amelie of Orleans
Children: Tomas, Luis, Sofia, Margarida, Maria, Leonor

Son of Joao VII

King Tomas (1887-1965)*Died, Reign (1921-1965)- Elisabeth Franziska of Austria
Children: Sofia, Joao, Henrique, Manuel, Felipe

Son of Tomas

King Joao VIII (1915-1992)*Died, Reign (1965-1992)- Beatriz of California
Children: Antonia, Isabel

Daughter of Joao VIII

Queen Antonia (1944-?), Reign (1992-?)- Duarte Pio of Braganza
Children: Duarte, Maria Francisca, Tomas

Son of Antonia and Duarte II

Duarte, Princpe Real (1972-?), Heir From (1992-?)-Marie Therese of Liechtenstein
Children: Joao, Afonso, Fernando
 
The Spanish-American War

Post Napoleonic War Spain was a nation in decline. Centuries of conquest and treasure had now become decades of turmoil and mismanagement. Spain had seen a succession of lost wars in the Americas, Civil wars with the supporters of the Carlist claim to the throne, and failed attempts to topple Queen Isabella II and replace her with a German or Italian prince. Nowhere was El siglo terrible (The Terrible Century) better exemplified than Cuba.

Cuba was the Crown Jewel of the Caribbean. However it was one Spain had a tenuous grasp on. Spain had fought Cuban rebels in the 1870s during the Ten Year's War and had lost 200,000 soldiers. Supported surreptitiously by wealthy Americans who saw profit from a friendly independent Cuba, the Rebels never truly went away, and remained a running sore throughout the 1880s and 90s. Weary of another uprising which would result in further Spanish atrocity's splashed across their papers, the United States would send the Battleship U.S.S. Maryland to Havana as a show of force in January of 1898. One month later, the Maryland would mysteriously explode in the harbor, killing 268 crewmen. The explosion would send a wave of anger throughout the United States and the public would clamor for revenge against the barbaric Spanish. With both public and governmental passions swelling, Prime Minister Benjamin Harrison, 4th Marquess of Berkeley would call for a vote on a resolution for King George III to declare war upon Spain. This would be signed in April and the war would officially begin.

The first combat would begin on May 12, as the United States would invade Puerto Rico. The fighting there would go on until the armistice in August. In June, the American Navy would land troops at Guantanamo bay and would successfully occupy it. On July 3rd, the Spanish navy blockaded in Santiago de Cuba for weeks would attempt to break out and link up with a Spanish task force steaming from Cabo Verde. The Spanish under Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete would sail into the guns of American Admiral George Dewey. (subsequently Baron Dewey in 1899). It was a bloodbath from the outset. The American ships and crew were superior to their opponents by every metric. All six Spanish ships would be sunk with hundreds dead, or wounded, while the Americans would suffer one death, and one wounded. After this battle, the Spanish forces on Cuba would be on their own.

U.S. forces marching towards out of Santiago would fight the battles El Caney and San Juan Hill. U.S. forces including the African American "Buffalo Soldiers" and a regiment of volunteer Cavalry under former New York State Senator Theodore Roosevelt known as "The Rough Riders" would be victorious against the Spanish forces. After these twin victories, a steep loss of morale amongst the defenders, and the destruction of Spanish naval assets in the Caribbean the government of the boy King Alfonso XIII would sue for peace in August through the British Ambassador.

The terms would be the independence of Cuba (as a U.S. protectorate until 1900) and the American annexation of Puerto Rico. After two months of intense negotiations, the treaty of Paris would be signed ending Spanish presence in the Americas. The United States would help to prepare Cuba for full independence at which point they would create their own independent government. As a final slight to Spain this new government would call for Prince Jaime-son of the Carlist claimant: The Duke of Madrid-to become the first King of Cuba. He would accept and be crowned on June 1st, 1900.

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Admiral George Dewey, 1st Baron Dewey
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King Jaime I of Cuba
 
Monarchs of Cuba:

King Jaime I (1870-1931)*Died, Reign (1900-1931)- Maria Guiseppina of The Two Sicilies
Children: Jaime, Carlos, Maria Beatriz

Son of Jaime I

King Jaime II (1908-1984)*Died, Reign (1931-1984)-Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Children: Martina, Francisco, Jose, Paula

Son of Jaime II

King Francisco (1938-?), Reign (1984-?)-Maria da Gloria of Orleans-Braganza
Children: Felipe, Pedro, Gabriela, Maria, Amalia

Son of Francisco

Principe de Havana, Felipe (1980-?), Heir From (1984-?)-Jennifer of the U.S.A.
Children: Jaime, Sibylla, Lorenzo
 
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